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A Review of Constantine

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Constantine Maroulis Pic Let's move away from recent American Idols on tour, such as Sanjaya Malakar, for a moment.

USA Today recently reviewed the upcoming album by Constantine Maroulis. Here is its take:

Good things about it: Constantine's voice, which stays mostly free of Broadway boom-the-room excess and displays appealing grit. On one song (I Thought It Was Something) he sounds quite similar to Julian Casablancas from The Strokes, not what you might expect.

Also, some of the songs are pretty impressive, notably Right to My Head, which is a little like Bowie/Mott the Hoople's All the Young Dudes, and Child of the Revolution, which echoes the similarly titled T. Rex song (Children of the Revolution) in more than name. (It's not just '70s songs he's good at evoking; the '80s-ish rocker Heaven Help the Lonely could be the album's best track.)

What's not so good: other songs, which range from overblown (ballads Sister Sister and So Long, the end of Midnight Radio) to simply dull (Everybody Loves) to downright awful (Several Thousand).

Matt Richenthal is the Editor in Chief of TV Fanatic. Follow him on Twitter and on Google+.

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Hi - enjoyed your home page!

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Finally, this long awaited cd is about to be released. August 7th to be exact. With the response to him at Pigeon Forge, where he sang some of the songs from the cd, it was hard to tell he was not the main act. From the upbeat, sing along summer song, Everybody Loves to the rocking Broadway song, Midnight Radio, Constantine proves he can sing them all. Ballards, rock, you name it, no one-genre artist, this Constantine.

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CD drops Aug. 7th and having heard many of these songs live I can't wait to get my hands on it! Jim Borgia's Several Thousand is one of my fave songs as well as Sister Sister. Just suggests that Constantine really serves up a diverse songbook for his many fans. Well worth the wait!